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Back to the Creek

April 20, 2010

April 15, 2010. I know that it has only been a few weeks since I visited Indian Creek, UT, but it is such a great place that it warrants frequent visitation.

Jeremy, Steph, Josh, and I met another group of climbers in Moab and set up camp in skin-walker infested territory.  We tried to make waffles in the morning, but due to less than constant power from the FJ and a lack of non-stick spray, they turned out to be fairly mediocre.

Desert Waffles. Photograph by Jacob Buckner.

Our campsite was secluded and beautiful, but during the second night of the trip a windstorm flattened our friends’ tent.  We squeezed five people in to our four man tent and every one else slept in the cars.  The storm passed by morning but the tent was broken for good.

A combination of great weather, great people, and great climbing made this a soul-edifying trip. When you are climbing in the Creek, almost every time you lower off a route you find yourself thinking the same thing:

That was the best route I have ever climbed in my life.

Jeremy starting up Incredible Hand Crack. Photograph by Jacob Buckner.

Me right after the crux on IHC. Photograph by Steph Peterson.

We climbed at Supercrack Buttress and Donnelly Canyon the first day.  On our second day we climbed at Critic’s Choice wall during the day, and then did a route called Blue Sun at the Way Rambo Crag.  We were so impressed with Way Rambo that we went back there the next day to do a few more climbs before heading back to Logan.

Me on Chest Full of Kind. Photograph by Josh.

The X on the rock in the above picture signifies a dangerous piece of rock.  That flake was thin and hollow and I could tell that it wouldn’t take much to break that rock off, so I tried to move past it quickly and place some solid gear above the sketchy part.  It was just scary enough to be fun.

I’ll post more awesome pictures of the trip in the next few days.

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